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Tiuri Lomond has an impressive resume of his success in a number of sports, but his passion for squash is where his focus lies now because he wants to be in Vancouver in 2015.
Lomond was named Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Stephen Awards Sunday in Stephenville, giving him recognition for his stellar performance in a number of disciplines including soccer, badminton and track and field for the 2013 high school sports season for the talented Spartan.
Lomond hopes to land one of four male spots up for grabs for the Newfoundland and Labrador squash team that will compete against tops in the country at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Vancouver.
He actually had to miss the Stephen Awards celebrations because he was in Charlottetown, P.E.I. for the Atlantic Squash Championships as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador team now in the training mode for the 2015 Games.
Lomond said squash is one of his favourite things to do and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to represent his province’s colours at the largest amateur sports spectacle Canada has to offer.
“I’ve been playing squash for a long time and it’s one of my favourite sports. Just to play for Newfoundland means a lot.
“It’s a big accomplishment for me,” he said.
He appears to be in the running for a spot after he earned a top-three finish in the junior gold division for the best squash players in Atlantic Canada in the Under-19 age bracket. At the end of two-long days, he walked away with bragging rights to the Men’s B consolation final.
The top three male and female finishers at the Atlantic event earned a paid trip to a week-long camp this summer at a yet to be determined venue.
This camp is where he will get a chance to strut his stuff and turn the right heads.
He had a gruelling weekend in Charlottetown, but it was all worth it as he takes it one day at a time in his quest to be apart of the team. Overall, he played 27 games in six best-of-five matches over two days.
His body is still reminding him of what he had endured over the two days.
“I pretty much don’t even feel like I’m alive right now I’m just sore,” Lomond said.
Lomond, son of Derek Lomond and Esther Oosterbaan, has no plans to slow down because he doesn’t know any other way to live.
He loves sports for the fun, the thrill of competition, a chance to travel and a chance to meet new friends. It’s also about pushing himself to be the best he can be.
“My entire life is sports. All I do is sports,” he said.
“If I didn’t go through sports I wouldn’t be close to the person I am today. It just affects you so much and it makes you a better person overall. I don’t know how to explain it. That’s just what sports is.”